Category: Major League Soccer

GAME 6 RECAP: Off the Rails


Saturday was a season defining moment, but not in a way any of us expected or wanted. What Parkes did to Ouimette in the waning moments of the game is indefensible. It’s fortunate Ouimette wasn’t seriously injured and was able to travel home with his team. The kick and ensuing coverage brought a black mark to the Riverhounds and the USL. For a club and league that wants to be taken seriously there was only one acceptable response to it- the immediate suspension and cutting of Romeo Parkes. A lot has been written over the wekeend, and there’s probably more to come in the following weeks. At this point there’s no need for us to pile on. I’ll leave it at this- It’s a shame to see a talented and impactful player throw it all away in one moment. However, everyone is…

Know Your Enemy: NYRB II


Opponent: New York Red Bulls II
Record: 3-1-2
Supporters: Empire Supporters Club, South Ward

So our boys come home tonight still looking for the first three points of the season, facing the team that ended their 2015 season in the New York Red Bulls II. So how are the Red Bulls doing this season and what are some things we should look at as we head in to the match.

The Red Bull reserves again look to be a strong side and should be contending for a playoff spot this year as they currently sit 4th in the Eastern Conference with 11 points. They lost their first match only recently on Sunday, falling 2-0 to the Charlotte Independence at home this past Sunday, which made their record 3-1-2. Some common opponent stat stuff time as we take a look at…

Know Your Enemy: Orlando City B


Opponent: Orlando City B
Record: 0-3-1 (13th in East)
Supporters Group: Harbor City Hooligans, Iron Lion Firm

The Hounds host Orlando City B on a rare Friday night game at the Highmark. This will be the second consecutive game versus a MLS reserve side. Our boys are still looking for their first win as is our opponent OCB.

Are you down with OCB? Well, yes, you know me. Orlando City B comes to Pittsburgh with 1 point from their first four games and judging from match reports they have struggled to find their footing as a new reserve side in this league. They opened the season with two home games, losing to Wilmington and clinging to the bitter end to earn a scoreless draw against Charleston. OCB goalie Mark Ridgers earned USL team of the week honors for his 7…

Know Your Enemy: Toronto FC II

Toronto FC II

Opponent: Toronto FC II
Record: (1-0-1)
Supporters: Not Really

The Hounds look to shake off the rust as the travel up north on Sunday to face to their first MLS reserve side of the season. The Hounds are the only team in the USL to only play one match due to the postponement of last week’s home game against Harrisburg. A positive result in Canada would be very much needed. To be honest I was not looking forward to delving in to my first KYE of a “2” team, something about them and the other reserve sides in the league just feels a little off.

So abooot those neighbors to the north, TFC2 are 1-0-1 after beating their fellow Canadian friends Montreal Impact “deux”. Some of you may have seen the game winning goal of that game by young forward, Raheem…